Chennaiyin takes new guard under new coach Coyle
CHENNAI: After a rather disappointing season. Chennaiyin FC He will seek to change his fortunes under the new head coach Owen Coyle when they face Jamshedpur FC and the Indian Super League (ISL) match at the JRD Sports Complex on Monday.
The two-time champions had a lower performance since they won their second title in the fourth season of the competition. The title winning coach, John Gregory, failed to change the fortunes of the team and was replaced by former Bolton manager Owen Coyle last week.
Chennaiyin has only one victory to show off and has conceded in all games, except one. Coyle's immediate task would be to stop his slippage and solve defensive problems, both in terms of tactics and personnel.
The first objective is to win games and do things systematically. I recognize that there are many good opponents in the league. But we also have players with whom it is possible to reach the play-offs.
We are very respectful of our opponent (Jamshedpur), because they have a great quality. But we are not afraid either. If we are at our best tomorrow, we can win the game, the experienced Coyle noted.
Andre Schembri, who started his last game on the bench, is in a position to start and it will be interesting to see if Coyle makes massive changes in the starting eleven or prefers the safest approach by placing more or less the same players from the last game.
On the other hand, Antonio Iriondo's Jamshedpur FC is undefeated in four home games and will seek to extend this race.
Jamshedpur has won two wins and so many draws at home and the Spanish coach will be anxious to close the gap at the top.
The bad news for Jamshedpur is that Sergio Castel, who has five goals to his name, has not recovered in time after receiving a blow in the previous game against NorthEast United.
Midfielder Piti has started training, but will not be part of the team of the day.
We will continue to trust our players and the work they have done. I am very happy with the situation right now. We have lost two of our foreign players (Sergio Castel and Piti), but the team is still performing well. I hope we continue with this kind of performance until we can recover both players, Iriondo said.